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April 2020 Retro Racing: NFS Porsche Unleashed (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 7-April-2020  14:00:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This month's Retro Racing challenge is Need For Speed: Porsche Unleashed from way back in 2000. To compete you can use the free playable demo which works on many modern operating systems. Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed gives the player the opportunity to race Porsche cars throughout a range of tracks located in Europe.

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Monday Evening (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 6-April-2020  19:59:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I missed this last month, but Bill Gate has stepped down from Microsoft's board. “With respect to Microsoft, stepping down from the board in no way means stepping away from the company,” Gates said. “Microsoft will always be an important part of my life’s work and I will continue to be engaged with Satya and the technical leadership to help shape the vision and achieve the company’s ambitious goals. I feel more optimistic than ever about the progress the company is making and how it can continue to benefit the world.”

DDR5 seems set to arrive on the desktop sometime this year. It's about that time again in the desktop market to switch to a new memory standard. We first began the transition from DDR3 to DDR4 six years ago, and now memory suppliers are laying the groundwork for the leap from DDR4 to DDR5. So, what kind of advantages will DDR5 offer over its predecessor? Well, SK Hynix is claiming that DDR5 will ultimately offer twice the bandwidth currently available with DDR4 modules.

FunkyKit built a tiny but powerful PC in an open chassis. Once again it’s time for our Funky Kit Team to get a little busy, and this time we’re going to build our very cute mini PC and we’ve called it … Project AMD3D Mini. I’ve always wanted to build a compact, mini-ITX system that’s unique and can stand out from the crowd. And over the past few years, I’ve searched and searched, but just couldn’t find the right type of chassis until now.

HotHardware meanwhile looked at the benefits of upgrading onboard graphics with a discrete GPU. I mean, it's basically just a GPU roundup with some onboard ones included, but given how far onboard graphics have come in the last few years it's an interesting comparison. Obviously, there's still plenty of room to grow though, which is why AMD and NVIDIA have spent years releasing a whole new top-to-bottom lineups of discrete graphics cards. All those desktop systems with integrated graphics are ripe for an upgrade, however, for folks who want to play the latest game titles and breath new life into their machines.

IntelInside spotted this data security SNAFU involving a German military laptop sold on eBay. Weighing in at a hefty 11 pounds, with a tiny 128 MB of working memory and a decades-old Pentium III processor, a used laptop recently bought by a German cybersecurity firm had its heyday long before the first iPhone was built. But the laptop’s new owner says it has one standout feature: Its hard drive carried — without encryption or even password protection — a confidential user manual and schematics for a surface-to-air missile system that Germany’s air force still uses.

TechARP have a list of 9 Free Steam Games to keep you busy. Here are NINE (9) games you can add to your Steam account for FREE for the next 24-48 hours, and they are yours to keep forever!

But if you are finding yourself with plenty of time over the next few weeks, you could maybe boost your career prospects by taking in some free training. It seems to me that people with a lot more time on their hands could be using it to advance their career prospects. So, let's make a thread of resources that are free or that have become free or have a decent free trial, so you can tool up during your downtime. Feel free to add more that you know of!

Sunday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 5-April-2020  15:37:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hope you're not going too stir crazy out there.

Half Life: Alyx is apparently an amazing VR experience. I played the final three hours of Half-Life: Alyx in a single session. Before Alyx, I never used VR for more than 30 minutes at a time. I don't get motion sick but I do get generally tired of VR. Tired of having a hunk of plastic strapped to my face, of having to stand and stoop and reach awkwardly around, of not being able to check my phone or have a sip of coffee. But I didn't take a break, or even want to, during the final chapters of Half-Life: Alyx. I wasn't tired. I was completely enthralled and unwilling to stop playing.

If you're wanting to join the fun, BabeltechReviews compared 13 AMD and NVIDIA cards for use in Half Life: Alyx. Half Life: Alyx released on March 23rd to great reviews and it is probably the most important and instantly popular VR game to date. It has just been added to BTR’s regular benchmark suite, and we are going examine its image quality (IQ) and measure the performance of 13 NVIDIA and AMD video cards with the Vive Pro using FCAT-VR.

OCInside modified an AIO cooler to make a more serious custom cooler. Today, an AIO water cooling system is being converted on OCinside.de. We show the conversion of an Antec K240 AIO water cooling with a few components from Alphacool to a flexible test system in a comprehensive video on our YouTube channel.

GamersNexus visited the Lian Li factory to see how PC case panels are made. Due to human malware concerns presently spiraling, the metals factory we visited in Taiwan has more business than ever. Its competition across the ocean is operating at significantly reduced capacity, so companies that can afford to make their products in Taiwan are sourcing parts locally rather than importing them. It was a busy time to visit the factory, affording an incredible opportunity to film the full process of how sheet metal is made. Lian Li is a customer of this factory, using its metal for networking chassis and sometimes DIY cases.

Australia's Communications Alliance have asked people to consider their bandwidth usage during peak times. Although many internet providers have increased or fully removed data caps on customers' monthly plans to help people working from home, Communications Alliance suggested that people generate less data traffic, and avoid downloading and uploading large files during peak times. Peak times now include daytime hours, and CA said "it can make a big difference if you can plan ahead and download a movie or other large files between 9pm and 9am." Furthermore, if customers have a choice of image quality, they should pick standard definition (SD) over 1080p high definition (HD) or 4K Ultra HD for streaming video, the industry body advised.

Leroy noticed that the games "Gone Home" and "Hob" are free on Epic Games this week. The first of this week’s free games is Fullbright’s acclaimed 2013 atmospheric mystery game Gone Home. In Gone Home, you arrive home after a year abroad and explore your house in order to learn what happened while you were away. I can’t say too much more without getting into spoiler territory, but Gone Home is widely regarded as a great game, as its 86 on Metacritic and 9 here at DualShockers suggest.

Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 5-April-2020  13:04:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
CORSAIR Scimitar RGB Elite MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Cougar Ultimus RGB Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
XPG Core Reactor Gold ATX Power Supply on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master Reactor Gold 750W on OCInside.
Super Flower Leadex III ARGB Gold 550W on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
LG V60 ThinQ 5G Review: Dual Display, Almost Flagship on HotHardware.
System76 Thelio Major Linux workstation on Phoronix.

Crucial MX500 2TB SATA SSD on Tweaktown.
Lexar Professional SL100 Pro 500GB USB 3.1 Gen 2 External SSD on APHNetworks.
Patriot P300 PCI-E 3.0 x4 SSD on Vortez.
Crucial BX500 2TB SATA SSD on Tweaktown.
Crucial X8 1TB Portable SSD on MadShrimps.
ADATA SE760 Ultra Fast 1TB USB-C Portable SSD on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
Jabra Elite 75t True Wireless Earbuds on NikKTech.
HyperX Cloud MIX Wired Gaming Headset with Bluetooth on FunkyKit.

GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Master Motherboard on NikKTech.
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2080 Ti video card on Modders-Inc.
Scythe Shuriken 2 CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.

Misc Pics (22 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-April-2020  13:56:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I don't mean to brag, but I bought some toilet paper on Wednesday. That's right baby, 18 rolls of triple-ply gold. Anyhoo, thanks to Axe, metamorphosis and mpot this week!

Thursday Morning (5 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 2-April-2020  00:42:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Peter Tonoli, the Vice President of Electronic Frontiers Australia, passed away recently. Peter had been involved in protecting digital rights in Australia since the foundation of the internet in early 1990's. He was involved in the first community ISP in Australia. He was unwavering in his support of community groups, and never failed to take responsibility for those groups he was involved and encouraged new members to find their place and EFA would not be what it is today without his contribution.

PCWorld looked at how Zen 2 works in a laptop. AMD’s Zen 2 core performance has been well-tested in desktops. The new element here is how performance will be affected by the limited thermals, power, and acoustics of the typical laptop. There's some more reviews in the most recent Reviews post, too.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, ServeTheHome looked at a new 18-core Intel Xeon. When we first heard about the Intel Xeon W-2295 it sounded like an exciting part. For $1,333 (USD) this is a high-frequency 18-core part that would fall between the Intel Xeon E-2288G and Intel Xeon W-3275 for Xeon Workstations. These Xeon W parts also make for interesting options in the single-socket server market, and the Xeon W-2295 is no exception.

If you're not having much luck with Folding@Home or want to try something different, metamorphosis points out that Rosetta@home is fighting COVID-19 too. Folding@home and Rosetta@home are complimentary projects: Folding@home's strength is modeling the process of protein folding, while Rosetta@home's strength is computing protein design and predicting protein structure and docking.

3D printing is coming to the rescue for COVID-19 too, including from the University of Wollongong. The University of Wollongong has joined a number of global organisations including Renault and Tesla pivoting their operations to 3D print medical supplies to support healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers from the university are working with the Illawarra SHoalhaven Local Health District to determine what can be produced using local 3D printing capabilities, such as face shields or parts for ventilators.

I can't work out if this is real or not, but apparently there are robots enforcing lockdown in Tunisia. In a series of videos that have been widely shared on social media, Tunisians have been approached by remote-controlled vehicles asking if they're aware of lockdown rules. According to one of the videos, which is akin to a scene from a sci-fi movie, a man is confronted by one of the robots as he steps onto an empty street in the capital Tunis. The robot castigates the man, asking: "Are you aware of the lockdown?" and demands to know where he is going.

Wahoo84 sent word that World War Z is free from Epic Games at the moment. World War Z is a heart-pounding four-player cooperative third-person shooter featuring massive swarms of zombies that recklessly rush their living prey. Sounds like buying toilet paper at Woolies lately.

If, like me, you're missing the world of motorsport because everything is cancelled, you might get sucked into Marbula One. There's literally and figuratively NOTHING better to do than watching glass spheres, plastic track/sand, and gravity happen... It's more entertaining than watching humans doing anything right now!

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 1-April-2020  23:53:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooler Master MasterAir G200P CPU Heatsink on APHNetworks.
Scythe Big Shuriken 3 Low-Profile CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Silicon Power BOLT B80 1TB Portable SSD on FunkyKit.
Lexar SL100 Pro Portable Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Lexar SL100 Pro Portable SSD on FunkyKit.
Sabrent Rocket 1TB NVMe SSD on Guru3D.
Silicon Power Armor A80 Waterproof & Shockproof Portable HDD on MadShrimps.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Review: Ryzen 4000 Mobile Unleashed on HotHardware.
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS Review: Mobile Ryzen goes full throttle on TechSpot.

Star Control: Origins - Earth Rising Expansion game on OCClub.
Resident Evil 3: PC graphics performance analysis on Guru3D.
Resident Evil 3 Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis - 27 Graphics Cards Compared on TechPowerUp.
DOOM Eternal Benchmarked at 8K - Not Even The Devil Can Run This on Tweaktown.
Resident Evil 3 Benchmarked: Survival horror that your GPU can likely handle on TechSpot.

EVGA RTX 2060 KO Video Card Review and LN2 Overclocking on HWAsylum.
TEAM T-Force XTREEM ARGB DDR4-3600 16GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Aerocool Aero One Eclipse case on TechPowerUp.
Glorious PC Gaming Race Model D Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
Antec Signature 1300W Platinum Power Supply on Tweaktown.

Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 29-March-2020  23:19:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard on NikKTech.
EVGA Z390 Dark Motherboard on NikKTech.

Corsair A500 High Performance Dual Fan CPU Air Cooler on Tweaktown.
be quiet! Shadow Rock 3 CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
Palit GeForce GTX 1650 KalmX (Passively cooled) on Guru3D.
Palit GeForce GTX 1650 KalmX on TechPowerUp.
ASUS Radeon RX 5500 XT DUAL OC on Tweaktown.
XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT THICC III Ultra on TechPowerUp.

HyperX FURY DDR4-3733 32GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
G.SKILL Trident Z Royal DDR4 32GB 4000MHZ CL17 Quad-Channel Kit on NikKTech.

TerraMaster F2-210 NAS on FunkyKit.
Team Group MP33 512 GB M.2 NVMe SSD on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Comino Otto Master SFF PC (i9-9900K + 2080 Ti) on TechPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen 4000 Series For Laptops Exlpored: Zen 2 Mobile Unleashed on HotHardware.

Input Etc:
Odin Gaming ZeroGravity XL Mousepad on TechPowerUp.
Tecware Phantom 87 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on HWAsylum.

Audio Visual:
Nvidia Shield TV 2019 on LanOC.
SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM: 1080p 280Hz IPS Gaming Monitor on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master MH650 Gaming Headset on APHNetworks.
HiFiMAN TWS600 wireless earphones on TechPowerUp.

DOOM Eternal Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis - 26 Graphics Cards Compared on TechPowerUp.
Doom Eternal Review: Hellrazer on Tweaktown.
Doom Eternal: Demon Killing Gameplay And GPU Performance on HotHardware.
DOOM Eternal PC Graphics Benchmark on TechSpot.
Evaluating NVIDIA DLSS 2.0 Quality And Performance In Mech 5 And Control on HotHardware.

noblechairs EPIC, HERO, and ICON Gaming Chairs: The Black Edition on TechPowerUp.
be quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 750W Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.
Cooler Master Silencio S600 Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.

Folding@Home hits an Exaflop (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 28-March-2020  16:41:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Folding@Home's distributed supercomputer continues to break records. In an astounding accomplishment powered by normal people around the world joining forces to beat the coronavirus, the administrators of the Folding@Home network reported today that the network has passed one exaFLOP of compute power, which is the equivalent of ten times the compute power of the world's fastest supercomputer, Summit. It's also more raw compute power than the top 103 supercomputers in the world, combined.

If you want to get involved and help fight COVID-19 with your spare CPU or GPU cycles, just download the client, enter your details and go. To be part of Team OCAU, choose 24 as your team number. Definitely request and (eventually) apply your passcode as that enables you to receive bonus points for completing work units. Jump into this thread if you have any questions.

Misc Pics (13 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-March-2020  13:57:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Kinda hard to give a chipper greeting this week, it's getting crazy out there. One positive aspect is that the forums are busier than they've been in quite a while. If you're new here, welcome! If you've returned due to social isolation boredom, welcome back! Thanks to metamorphosis, mpot, RnR and Andrew this week. Stay safe!

For an extra bonus, here's a silly cat video (turn the sound on) which amused me recently.. enjoy your weekend, as much as possible under the circumstances!


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